• Two New Hires for Fairmont Austin

     
    POSTED August 11, 2016
     

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.

Before those, in 1988 specifically, Voss worked with Hyatt Hotels in a variety of different roles at different locations, including executive assistant manager in San Diego and general manager in Atlanta, San Diego and others. In 2005, he was appointed president of the Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa in San Diego. During his time there, the resort landed the number one spot of US hotels on TripAdvisor and received three Forbes Five-Star Awards: Lodging, Spa and Dining.

In 2015, Voss moved to his current role as president of the resort division for the Manchester Hospitality Group in San Diego.

Fairmont Austin also recently hired Nenad Praporski as hotel manager. Praporski will work with Voss in overall management and strategic direction of the hotel. He also will support all operating departments.

Prior to working with Fairmont Austin, Praporski was part of the opening team at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay (now Delano), Las Vegas. After that, he joined MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas where he held numerous positions, including front desk manager and assistant hotel manager. After relocating to New York, Praporski was the front office manager at Grand Hyatt New York and then director of rooms, front office manager, Grand Hyatt Regency Long Island, New York. In 2010 Praporski joined the Grand Del Mar, San Diego as executive director of rooms. He relocated again to Macau in his most recent role, as executive director of hotel operations, Wynn Palace.

The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa, located in Frisco, has hired Jennie Strahan as director of activities. In this position, Strahan will be responsible for the resort’s guest activities experience, partner with the community to increase Westin’s social responsibility reach, and engage guests of all ages in exciting and enriching programming. Strahan has extensive experience in well-being event and program management.

 

The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton has appointed Ricardo Bravo to the role of executive chef. In this capacity, he will oversee the culinary direction for two of the 402-room property’s three restaurants—The Woodlands Dining Room and Cool Water Café—as well as catering for 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and outdoor function areas.

 

South by Southwest (SXSW) returned live this year! The 35-year-old festival infuses on average $16-plus million of consumer spending into the Austin music scene over the course of nine days. The festival returned in March after its cancellation in 2020 and virtual show in 2021. Both the cancellation and virtual show were prompted by health and safety concerns due to the pandemic.